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‘Rameswaram the Island Town’
A beautiful town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram is located on the Pamban Islands which is separated from the mainland by the Pamban channel. Together with Varanasi, the town of Rameswaram is considered as one of the popular holiest places in India for the pilgrimage of Hindu Char Dham.

History of Rameswaram
The history of Rameswaram is dominated by its importance of being an island that is a transit point to reach Sri Lanka and the presence of the Ramanathaswamy Temple. The island has been ruled by the Chola King, Rajendra Chola I, between the years 1012 and 1040 and Hinduism is the chief religion here even today. The temples here are rich in wealth and artifacts as the kings were staunch followers and made generous contributions to the temples. Hindu Mythology narrates that Rameswaram is the place from which Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita from Ravana.  In Sanskrit, Rameswara means ‘Lord of Rama’. Ram is also said to have prayed to Lord Shiva, to absolve any sins that he may have committed during his war against Ravana. The Ramanathaswamy Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and is closely associated with Rama. Not only is this town considered a hot tourist stop but is also a holy pilgrimage site for Shaivites and Vaishnavites equally.

Places to attraction in Rameswaram :

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple: Tucked on the eastern side of the island of Rameswaram, is the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. The temple is famous for its prakaras or corridors, with the longest corridor being 197 meters long and 133 meters wide. The temple has twenty two wells situated inside its compound and each of the wells taste differently when you drink their water.

Gandamadana Parvatham: The Gandamadana Parvatham is situated on a hillock that is about 3 kilometers from the Rameswaram temple. The Hillock has a panoramic view of the Rameswaram Island and has an imprint of Lord Rama’s feet on the chakra.

Water Bird Sanctuary: The island of Rameswaram and its surrounding habitat is a paradise for bird watchers. Many species of water birds visit Rameswaram during the months of October to January in the Monsoon season.

Uthirakosamangai: The Uthrakosamangai temple is an ancient Shiva temple located 72 Kilometers from Rameswaram temple. The Shiva idol in the temple has been carved out of emerald. As a ritual the emerald statue is covered in sandal paste throughout the year and the statue is reviled just for one day in the month of December.

Ramalingavilasam Palace: The Ramalingavilasam Palace was built during 1674-1710 and is one of the most popular palaces among the Sethupathi Kings.  The palace consists of colorful murals that have painted with rare and natural dyes that portray everything from economy and commerce to military conflicts. On the island haven of Rameswaram one can see many Hindu temples and learn about the stories and myth that have given shape to India’s history and tradition. Other temples and locations that you can visit at Rameswaram are Satchi Hanuman Temple, Kurusadai Islands,  Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, Ariyaman Beach, Five-Faced Hanuman Temple, Jada Theertham and Dhanushkodi.


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